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Place of Publication: Okeechobee Fla
Publication Date: 08-19-2012
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, August 19, 2012 75¢ Plus tax V ol. 103 No. 100 12.15 feetLast Year: 10.34 feet Lake Levels newszap.comFree SpeechFree AdsSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. See a python? Call the hotline ... Page 3 Back-to-school health tips ... Page 11 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyStudents head back to schoolLori Howard explained what rst grade will be like to new student Aiden Scalf at Central Elementary Open House on Thursday. The new school year starts Monday, Aug. 20, for students in the Okeechobee County School System. For bus schedules and other school information, see the School Information Guide online on the Okeechobee community page at orida.newszap.com. For more, see page 10. Mike Huckabee to visit area ... Page 13 Volleyball team ready for new season ...Page 19 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man being held in the county jail on a domestic battery charge has been found to not only be a documented sexual predator, but in the U.S. illegally. Detective Mark Shireman, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), said after Juan Carlos Monterroso Gutierrez was booked Wednesday, Aug. 15, into the Okeechobee County Jail it was learned that he was a convicted sexual predator. So on Friday, Aug. 17, the detective arrested Monterroso on a felony charge of failure to register as a sexual offender. He is being held without bond. Detective Shireman also learned that Monterroso had been deported from the U.S. but then returned here illegally at least three weeks ago. Monterroso was arrested Aug. 15 by Of cer Belen Reyna, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat and threatened to kill her. He was booked into the county jail on one felony count of domestic battery by strangulation. Report: Sexual predator in U.S. illegallySee ARREST — Page 10 Juan Carlos Monterroso Special to the Okeechobee News Season tickets are now available for all three shows to be presented by the Okeechobee Community Theatre in its 34th year of producing Broadway-style musicals, comedies and dramas for local audiences. Patrons who purchase season subscriptions have the chance to reserve the best seats before they go on sale to the general public, plus they save nearly 25 percent of f the regular box of ce price. The season begins in November, with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a nostalgic musical comedy which includes 30 memorable hit songs from the fties and sixties. It will be followed on the rst weekend in December by “Friday Night at the Philco,” a program made up of three individual vignettes—a humorous police drama, a classic dark comedy from the 1930s, and a holiday-themed musical comedy-variet y show. The season climax in March will be a production of Neil Simon’s wildl y popular male comedy, “The Odd Couple.” Reserved seats for all three season shows may be purchased for $28, which represents an $8 savings off the $12 single seat Community Theatre season tickets on saleSee OCT — Page 10


News from the South Florida Water Management District In the midst of the wet season, frequent rainfall has built up the water supply throughout much of the 16-county region. However, rain does not fall evenly across South Florida, and some areas have not seen a signi cant seasonal boost in water levels. While MiamiDade County has been saturated, the Upper Kissimmee basin remains impacted by its driest November through April on record. Due to the winter's rainfall de cit and resulting low water ow from the Kissimmee Basin, Lake Okeechobee remains below average for this time of year. The lake is 1.87 feet below average and has risen only half a foot since the wet season began in early May. On the west coast, recent rainfall has improved salinity levels in the Caloosahatchee Estuary, but the area is experiencing below average rainfall for the wet season. The District continues to monitor water levels and operate the system to capture as much water as possible while maintaining ood control. On Friday, Lake Okeechobee was at 12.15 feet. The historic average for this time of year is 14.02 feet. Last year the lake level was 10.34 feet.Water conservation South Florida is under the District's YearRound Landscape Irrigation Rule that limits residential and business landscape irrigation to two or three days per week based on location. Permitted water users such as nurseries, agriculture, golf courses and utilities are required to continue following the water use conditions in their permits. For information about water conservation, visit www.savewater .com.Lake Okeechobee releasesSince May, there have been multiple bene cial releases of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee River, and estuary salinity levels have signi cantly improved. Wet season rainfall and local basin runoff are providing suf cient in ow to the Caloosahatchee to maintain favorable salinity levels in the upper estuary. Based on current ecological conditions and established guidelines in Adaptive Protocols, District staff on Aug. 15 recommended no releases at this time. The operational position statement is available here.NavigationThe following locks on the north shore o f Lake Okeechobee remain closed until lake levels rise to allow for safe navigation: S-135 at J&S Fish Camp in Martin County; G-36 at Henry Creek in Okeechobee County; S-127 at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County; and, S-131 at Lakeport in Glades County. The S-193 Lock, located on Taylor Creek on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee, is closed due to ongoing renovation work to refurbish the lock and ensure decades of reliable service. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News August 19, 2012 Rainfall de cit hurting Lake Okeechobee level Pet of the WeekBlaze is a male neutered Catahoula mix. Blaze has had some house and obedience training, and is 4 months old. Pet/Rescue also has ve others from his litter. Donation adoption fee is $175. He available for adoption at Okeechobee Humane Society/Pet Rescue on Highway 98, next door to the Livestock Market. For more information, contact Humane Society Pet Rescue Florida, at 863357-1104. To see more available animals go to pet nder.com. Homes are also needed to "foster" animals who are waiting for a permanent adoptive home. Today: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 91F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Fog overnight. Low of 75F. Winds less than 5 mph. Monday : Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 90F with a heat index o f 97F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Monday Night : Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Low o f 73F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance o f a thunderstorm and rain. High of 90F with a heat index of 99F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Okeechobee Forecast Special to the Okeechobee News/ Pet Rescue


Call 1-888-IveGot1If you see a Burmese python of any size, an Argentine tegu lizard or a Nile monitor, The Nature Conservancy wants to hear from y ou. A 17.7 foot Burmese python recently found in Everglades National Park is a reminder that these problem snakes are here to stay. The Nature Conservancy has been w orking to prevent their spread out of the Everglades by training responders to pick them up when sighted. If you see a sun-bathing python or any other invasive species, like Nile monitors, take a photo and please call I-888-IveGot1 and report your sighting to the Python Patrol. “We have 24-hour response by law enforcement in 10 counties, although anyone in Florida can leave a message,” said Nature Conservancy Biologist Cheryl Millett, w ho runs the Conservancy’s Python Patrol program. The counties where a responder trained by the Conservancy to capture inv asive snakes is dispatched are: MiamiDade, Monroe, Collier, Hendry, Broward, Palm Beach, Glades, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. The Nature Conservancy began the Python Patrol in 2008 to help prevent the spread of snakes out of Everglades National Park and into the Florida Keys where one had been discovered after feeding on an endangered Key Largo wood rat. People who w ork outside for a living were encouraged to call in sightings and trained responders up and down the Keys captured the intruders. Now the program is being implemented across the southern part of the state. Pythons eat a wide range of wildlife species, including birds, mammals and alligators up to 4 feet long. University of Florida scientists studying Florida’s largest snake found to date, said its size would allow it to eat most anything. “By capturing snakes in the counties on the edges of the major infestation in the park we may be able to stop the spread and prevent new breeding. And by capturing them in the park we hope to suppress the population,” Ms. Millett said. Sightings can be led on-line at IveGot1. org as well. There is also an iPhone App available through iTunes called IveGot1 that was developed by the University of Georgia. The phone number and web site are open for reports of all invaders, including sh. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with the Conservancy to respond to reports. And wildlife of cers continue to be trained to properly capture and bag snakes. “We encourage everyone to become more familiar with distinguishing invasive from native reptiles by taking the free online REDDy training offered by the University of Florida,” Ms. Millett said. Online REDDy training is at http://ufwildlife.ifas.u .edu/ reddy.shtml and offers a certi cate at end of the 40-minute free training, plus ID and reporting handouts. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! 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I understand that many members of our department, through their hard work, have earned many of these votes. I thank them every day for the job they do for me but especially for you. I would appreciate your continued support on November 6th. From all members of your sheriff’s office, thank you so much for your continued support of law enforcement. 3 Okeechobee News A ugust 19, 2012 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Because no one else quali ed to run for the of ce, Okeechobee County Tax Collector Celeste Watford will soon be serving her fourth term. In the previous three elections she was unopposed. Mrs. Watford would like to thank the citizens of Okeechobee for the faith and trust they have put in her. She says it has been an honor to serve them. The biggest challenge she sees in the coming term is taking over the issuance of driver’s licenses from the state. That is scheduled to take place July 1, 2013. The tax collector’s budget is controlled by the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR). Mrs. Watford is hoping the DOR will fund three new employees to help with the new task. She is planning on training her current employees to issue driver’s licences also. Then all her employees, regardless of their other duties will be able to issue driver’s licenses. Since the fees from issuing driver’s licenses will not pay the entire cost of performing that additional duty, Mrs. Watford said she will have to tighten her belt in other operating areas in order to be able to fund that additional duty. She said that last year the Okeechobee driver’s license of ce conducted over 14,000 transactions. So that is the anticipated increase in the tax collector’s work load. The contract has not been awarded for the construction of a new building for the tax collector. However, it is hoped that construction will be completed in time for the tax collector to move in before taking on the additional responsibility of issuing driver’s licenses.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. Celeste Watford, tax collector to serve fourth term Celeste Watford Nature Conservancy sets up python hotline Burmese Python (Photo courtesy FWC) Mortgage Assistance for unemployed or underemployedThe federal government has allocated funding to help quali ed Florida families to pay the rst mortgage on their homes through the Hardest Hit Help program. Assistance may be given for 12 months, and/or to re-instate a delinquent rst mortgage. Loans will be “forgiven” in 5.5 years after completing the program. You can register by calling Okeechobee NonPro t Housing at 863-467-5525. You may also visit the HHF web site at www. FLHardestHitHelp.org and use the Referral code 85087 so you can be assisted by ONPH.


Presidential race You are being forewarned. Romney/ Ryan ticket wants overall Medicare for the worst. Be sure to read all the ne print in their speeches. I am a senior too and I am here to warn you to be aware of false talk. This voucher system they are proposing is only going to ruin and hurt us all.Post Of ce Saturday home mail delivery is “nice to have” but should be dropped in these tight times as are keeping of ces open on Saturday. Instead, they should add an hour to the time during the week so those of us working 8 to 5 could swing by on the way home and still nd it open till 6 p.m. That would not make much or any difference to getting things out by truck to Palm Beach in time for that night’s trains, trucks, and planes. If this were a national improvement (one hour later lobby counter opening) then all other schedules could be adjusted. But other than this, I really appreciate the post of ce and the people working there. Seems like no Saturday delivery or counter hours would help them have more stable schedules and off time. Elections It’s great to have the election results online, but I sort of miss having everyone gather on the courthouse lawn to hear the results. It was more exciting being there as the results came in. I think the community lost something when we stopped doing that. It used to be more fun to live in Okeechobee because we had so many local traditions.Rick Scott I just heard this morning that a lot of Republicans are telling Rick Scott to keep his mouth shut about how well Florida is doing because it may help Obama get reelected. Imagine that. What do you think about that?  Rick Scott: One and done.Economy They say the unemployment rate is over 8 percent. But that is just the percentage of people on unemployment. That doesn’t count people who have been unemployed so long they no longer qualify for bene ts. It doesn’t count the number of people who are working part time because they can’t nd full time work. It doesn’t count the number of people who have just given up looking for work after so many months, even years, of being told “no.” The jobless rate is about 15 percent. That is the real number they should be talking about.Summer Games I would like to thank Parks and Recreation for hosting the Summer Games. They did such a great job keeping the Olympic Spirit. It was well organized and the events were a lot of fun and challenging. We are looking forward to the games next year. Why Not Go for It?By Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Hebrews 4:1—“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not pro t them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were nished from the foundation of the world.” What should we be afraid of?—simply of limiting the Holy One of Israel due to unbelief (Psalm 78:41). Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years because they did not believe God would lead them into the Promised Land and give them victory over the giants that roamed therein. The author of Hebrews warns, “Be afraid of being one who doesn’t believe God is good and that He has provided rest for His people.” In Hebrews 4:2, he equates the gospel with the promise of rest—we have rest through faith in Christ. Israel was promised rest in the Promised Land. All they needed was faith in God—to believe that He would do what He said He would do! The words the author used were “gospel preached.” “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not pro t them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” The word “gospel” means “good news,” the good news for the children of Israel was that there was a land owing with milk and honey. Yes, there were obstacles. But God promised them victory if they simply believed. THEIR REJECTION was their unbelief: They came back after sending men to check out the land with this report: “Oh, but we’re only grasshoppers, in their sight. They are giants.” And this grasshopper mentality still paralyzes us today. The excuses take many forms—“I’m not able to do that,” “that is not my job”, “Let someone else who is qualied take the job”, “I can’t speak”, “I’m too busy”, and the list continues. Their failure had nothing to do with their shortcomings. Their failure was simply their lack of faith in the promises of God. You may ask, “What can keep us from nding rest as God promised?” The answer is a simple one—by not believing Him! When you know that God has said that He will provide for all of your needs how could you not trust Him? (See Phil. 4:19.) Remember, the promises of God will do you no good until you stop saying, “What’s the catch?” THE REWARD—the believer is rewarded for simply trusting God to do what He said He would do. That is called faith; however, do we have faith? Jon Courson gives a good biblical answer to this question; I like his take on this. He makes good use of the stor y of Peter’s deliverance from Herod: “When Herod put Peter in prison, Scripture records that the church got together and prayed fervently. God sent an angel to Pete r as he slept between two guards. “Arise,” said the angel. And the chains fell off Peter’s wrists and legs. So Peter got up and followed the angel into the city—even though Scripture tells us he thought it was nothing mor e than a vision. Walking through the streets of the city, however, he realized it was no dream. (See Acts 12.) Now, had Peter not stood up and stepped out, had he not started moving, but instead said, “This is a neat thought, an interesting insight,” had he not mixed the angel’s command with faith—even though the chains were off and the door was opened, he would have remained in jail.—Jon Courson. How does this apply to us you ask? W e nd the answer in Peter’s response. When that angel told Peter to arise, he did and h e was able to walk out a free man. If you do not arise and walk out into the work God has for you, the cell door will slam shut and the chains will refasten themselves. When we pray for God’s hand to mov e on some matter, we must believe He will. And when He gives us what we ask, w e should not doubt it. Examine the rest of th e story—it is hilarious! Peter steps up to th e door where the church is praying for his release: “Knock.” “Knock.” “Knock.” A young lady called Rhoda answers, “It’s Peter.” Those who are praying replied, “No, it can’ t be Peter.” But when Rhoda continued to afrm that it was indeed Peter, they replied, “Then it must be an angel.” Peter continued to knock—“Knock.” “Knock.” “Knock.” “It’s Peter,” Rhoda afrmed as she opened the door. When the y saw him, they slowly realized that it was truly Peter. How much faith did they have? About a mustard seed’s worth. But Jesus said that’s all it takes to move a mountain. I’m convinced that if you have only enough faith to pray, that’s enough to start things happening, to start doors opening. It doesn’ t take much. The promises, the blessings, th e good things of God happen when you tak e the Word and mix it with faith. August 19, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Back to school What?The race to the Whitehouse Obama/Biden, Romney/Ryan. It is on! America, the choice is y ours. Please vote, locally, nationally. Now school begins? Labor Day means summer’s end. Well—not in Florida. The Olympics were fun to watch from the Queen Mum to Serena, Gabby, Michael Phelps, U.S.A. teams, Candace Parker, Kevin Durant, LeBron, the relays Usain Bolt ran unreal times. U.S.A. relays it was great. An athlete’s boxing delight; swimming and volleyball. I was a cheerleader for all the games. Now it is football season again. Hello! College/NFL, High School Okeechobee your time to shine. Another session of school starts, so slow down to watch out for the children. See the big yellow bus, stop! Help out with those school supply drives at churches, banks, stores, community centers, etc.Again, Obama/Biden vs. Romney/Ryan and the winner is... Pray, wait and see! Nov. 6, 2012. Peace Out! Brenda Scott,Poet/Playwright/Author Letter to the editor


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News A ugust 19, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHS W &W Lumber ScholarshipThe W&W Lumber Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship A wards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Makenzie Tomlinson, and A manda Serrett. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSBrent Teany MemorialThe Brent Teany Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall to Bradley Coleman. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSNova ScholarshipThe Nova Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall to Jennifer Corwin. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSUSF Directors AwardThe USF Directors Award and Honors College Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Brittney Ball and Sharon Coker. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSMildred Jones Memorial ScholarshipThe Mildred Jones Memorial Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are OHS principal Toni Wiermsa, Taylor Davis, Cody Cummings, Edna Howard and Donald Jones. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSU.S. Navy ScholarshipA U.S. Navy Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. From left to right are Zadoc Simmons, Petty Of cer Brooks and Teresa King. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSU.S. Marines ScholarshipA U.S. Marines Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Justin Bishop, Sergeant Allen. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSBob Teany Memorial & AAHAM ScholarshipThe Bob Teany Memorial & AAHAM Scholarship was presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Left to right are Dale Barrett, Lauren Halliday, Jennifer Corwin, Heather Hotmire and Justin Morgan. Special to the Okeechobee News/ OHSNursing/Radiology ScholarshipRaulerson Hospital Nursing/Radiology Scholarships waere presented at the annual Scholarship Awards Night May 24, in the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. Recipients were: (front row, left to right) Wendoly Castaneda, Andrea Stark, Taylor Fulford and Jordan Maynard; (back row, left to right) Bradley Coleman, Amanda Goggans and Araceli Sanchez.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o bits@newszap.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com.Flora C. Hammond, 95OKEECHOBEE — Flora C. Hammond passed away Aug. 14, 2012. She was born July 6, 1917, in Pitcher, N.Y. and came to Okeechobee from Truxton, N.Y. in 1979. Ms. Hammond is survived by her son, Lynn Eugene Hammond of Beach Haven, N.J. and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Hammond of East Homer, N.Y. Services will be held at a later date in Greene, N.Y. Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. Second Street, (863) 763-2111.Mary Louise Day, 71FORT PIERCE — Mary Louise Day died Aug. 16, 2012. Mrs. Day was born in Kenvir, Ky. and moved to Ft. Pierce in 2001 coming from Okeechobee, Fla. She was a coal miners daughter. She loved designing and making jewelry and loved to hunt and sh. Survivors include her brother, Robert G. Ridner of Joliet, Ill; caregiver, Earlene Hopkins of Ft. Pierce, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Day; and two sisters and ve brothers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981. www.TCHospice.org A graveside service will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Riverview Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service. An online guest book may be signed at www.haisleyfuneralhome.com Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News August 19, 2012 Buckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary announce eventsBuckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary 9528 will hold their monthly breakfast on Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will have eggs, sausage, home fries, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee for a donation of $5. Buckhead Ridge Ladies Auxiliary 9528 will have their Wednesday night dinner starting at Aug. 22, at 5:30 p.m. They will be serve Spaghetti by Rene. Thursday is bingo day. Burgers will be for sale. These events are open to the public, for additional info please call the Post at 863467-2882.Orchid and Garden ClubMonday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. the Garden Club will meet at the extension center followed by the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. For the Garden Club Extension Agent Dan Culbert will give a presentation on How to Get a Garden Ready for Fall. For the Orchid Club grower Victor Elliott will lead a discussion on How to Prepare Your Orchids for Possible Freezes. Bring any problem orchids for analyses or favorites in bloom. For more information call the extension center at 863-763-6469.FFA Alumni to meetThe Okeechobee FFA Alumni will be having their rst meeting of the new year on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Extension Of ce. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. For more information please call 863-467-8696.Autism support group to meetThe Okeechobee Parents Group of Children with Autism will meet Tuesday,, Aug. 21, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Okeechobee Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Parents of children with autism or Asperger’s are invited to attend this meeting. The group hopes to provide a source for networking of parents in the Okeechobee area as well as provide information, support, training, and resource information. Please call to register Linda Peirce at 763-873-3422.Eagles host cornhole tournamentCome to Eagles North, 9985 U.S. 441 N.,, on Saturday, Aug. 25 for a cornhole tournament. Sign up early! There will be a payout on rst and second place. For more information, call 863-763-2552. Cost is $10 per player, $20 per team. All proceeds go to the F.O.E. 4137 community bene t fund. The Aerie will also offer hamburgers, hotdogs and side dishes.Martha’s House to host fundraiserA pancake breakfast will be held to bene t Martha’s House on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 7-11 a.m. at the Frosty Mug, 6315 U.S. 441 S.E. The club will donate all food and supplies and 100 percent of the proceeds will bene t Martha’s House. The breakfast is only $5 and includes pancakes, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, coffee and OJ. Donations will also be accepted. For more information, please call 863-467-8232.CCC meeting plannedThe next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network of Okeechobee, will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the school board of ce.Healthy Start annual meetingThe Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will have their annual meeting on Friday, Aug. 31 from 2-4 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services to pregnant women and children under 3 years of age. The Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and babies in Okeechobee. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Kay Begin, executive director, at 863-462-5877.Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Margaret Garrard Helton on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. – noon, and will be held in Commissioner Helton’s of ce, room 261, in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Foster parents are neededHibiscus Children’s Center Foster Care Program recruits, trains and licenses all the traditional Foster Parents in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. The required 30 hour (MAPP) classes are held one evening a week or on Saturdays and are free. For additional information about becoming a Foster Parent or to register for a class please call: 1-800-403-9311 ext. 415.Euchre Club changes its meeting nightsThe Euchre Club meeting at the VFW on U.S. 441 S.E. is now meeting on Monda y and Wednesday evenings. They start playing at 5:30 p.m. Any Euchre players are welcome.Putt for a Cure tournament plannedThe Relay for Life Honey Do’er’s Team and Dream Team will host a best ball gol f tournament on Oct. 6 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. All proceeds bene t the American Cancer Society. Fee for 4 man team: $200, Hole Sponsorship: $100. The team will have 50/50 and raf e tickets. I f you have any questions about participants, sponsorship, or donation of a raf e item please call Lawrence Fipps 863-801-0901 or Missy Fipps at 863-634-8674. Community Events


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 301 N.E. 19th Drive(Across from the old hospital)112 South W. C. Owens Ave. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but more than 98 percent of skin cancers can be cured with early detection. Schedule your skin check today if: Youve ever spent time in the sun for work or play You have a spot on your skin that has changed shape or color You have a spot that bleeds and never seems to healMost insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITYCity Citizen Boards and Committees The City of Okeechobee recognizes the importance of volunteerism in ef cient and progressive municipal government. The City Council appoints City residents to serve as volunteers on various boards, committees and councils. Now is your opportunity to be involved in your community and local government. New applicants are welcome to apply. Current members can request reappointment. Planning Board/Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board Vacancies are available. City and County residents may apply. The meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Pension Fund Board of Trustees Vacancies are available for the board members terms that expire September 30, 2012. Positions must be lled only by City residents. The meetings are held the rst Monday in the months of February, May, August and November at 5:30 p.m. Prospective Board members should have an interest or experience in the area of service desired and the necessary expertise to accomplish the goals and objectives of that Board. Applications for appointment as well as Board and Committee descriptions, eligibility requirements and other information, may be obtained from and submitted to the Of ce of the City Clerk at 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 863-763-3372 x 215 or downloaded from the Clerks Of ce page of the City web site www.cityofokeechobee.com. Lane Gamiotea, CMC, City Clerk 7 Okeechobee News A ugust 19, 2012 Everything is a little higher this week. Feeder calves were $1-2 higher. Some heifers $3 higher. Slaughter cows & bulls were $2 higher. A little more rain out West should help more. Hugh Williams, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.95 bought by Foy Reynolds. Dennis Driggers, Canal Point, topped thecow market with a high of 92.00 bought by Dairymens Marketing. Oct 12th: OLM Bred Heifer Sale & Little Springs Horned Hereford Bull Sale. Oct 19th: “44 Farms” Angus Bull Sale. Oct 26th: Little Creek Farms Brangus Bull Sale. Todd Relay for Life kickoff celebration plannedPlease come and join the Relay for Life group at Lunker’s Sports Grill on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 to help kick off our 2013 Relay for Life year. The theme for this year’s event is “AllStar Relay: Scoring Against Cancer” so wear your favorite sports memorabilia and join the fun. If you are interested in nding out more information related to joining this wonderful cause on any level please contact Missy Fipps 863-634-8674 or Lacey Summerall 863-634-7765. High school announces its Senior Photo DaySenior pictures are scheduled for Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, at Okeechobee High School. Make an appointment today by visiting prestigeportraits .com. For more information v isit the high school website or contact Mr. Pung at 863.462.5025, ext. 7-007.2012-13 OHS Yearbook is accepting senior adsThe 2012-2013 Okeechobee High School journalism staff is currently accepting ads. The deadline for senior ads for the yearbook is Sept. 28. Visit the high school website or contact Mr. Pung at 863-462-5025, ext. 7-007. These ads help keep the newspaper affordable for all.OHS Yearbook staff now accepting ordersThe 2012-2013 Okeechobee High School journalism staff is currently offering this y ear’s yearbook at a discounted price of $40. This price is good through Sept. 7. The price will increase throughout the year. Reserve your copy now by contacting Mr. Pung at 863.462.5025, ext. 7-007 or visiting yearbookforever.com. School News in Brief


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 “AC Change Out Specialists”Call to hear about our rebates and specials to fit your family’s needs.. We service all makes and models. Newman Air Conditioning 207 NE Park Street Okeechobee 863-763-7073State Lic. # CACO13262Serving Okeechobee Since 1972 valid through August 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service Happy 90th Birthday Margaret Rucks HamricŽ A Birthday Brunch was held at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on August 11 from 9:30-11:30. Many friends and relatives from all over attended to wish Margaret a very happy day. Margaret wanted to thank everyone for the beautiful day. MARGARET HAMRIC BIRTHDAY 10 Okeechobee News August 19, 2012 ticket price. Season subscriptions are available only through Oct. 4. Single show tickets w ill not go on sale until Oct. 8. All shows are presented in the theatre on S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, one block west of Golden Corral restaurant. Tickets may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or Discover, by calling 863-763-1307. Information on how to purchase tickets by check can be obtained on the theatre website, http://okeecommunitytheatre.com. The Okeechobee Community Theatre is a non-pro t organization of local adults and young people who enjoy producing Broadway-style musicals, comedies and dramas for local audiences. It is a member of the Florida Theatre Conference, and the American Association of Community Theatre. For further information on the theatre and its activities, call Ron or Jacque Hayes at 863763-1307. OCTContinued From Page 1 According to Detective Shireman's arrest report, shortly after that arrest OCSO Public Information Of cer Michele Bell told the detective that Monterroso was a convicted sexual predator. Mrs. Bell is also a member of the OCSO Sex Offender Unit. Mrs. Bell said Friday that Monterroso was arrested in Martin County in 2006 on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition. He w as then convicted of that crime and sentenced to two years in prison. Monterroso, a citizen of Guatemala, was released from prison March 12, 2008, and was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and then deported. It's not clear exactly when he returned to the U.S. Mrs. Bell went on to explain that Monterroso, as a convicted sexual predator, had 48 hours to report to the sheriff's of ceeither upon his release from prison or his return to the U.S. Detective Shireman's report stated that shortly after Monterroso's return to Okeechobee he moved in, and was living with, a local woman. Apparently, added the detective, there were no children living in that home. ICE currently has a hold on Monterroso meaning that when he is released from jail that federal agency will take him into custody, indicated Detective Shireman's report. A RRESTContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyOpen HouseOkeechobee Schools welcomed students and parents to Open House on Thursday. (At left) Tammy Delahanty greeted kindergarten student Sorrel Faircloth and middle school student Gavin Beal to South Elementary Open House. (Above) Principal Randy Paulson greets his students at Central Elementary Open House. Martha’s House hosts weekly garage sales Martha's House Garage Sales are now being held every Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., of every week. Come and nd a bargain and help a local organization. 4134 U.S. 441 N., in Okeechobee. Always accepting donations in very good condition. For information, please call 863-763-2893.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 EMERGENCIES DONT WAIT FOR APPOINTMENTS.Our Emergency Rooms wait times are consistently shorter than the national average.We treat kids too.The Right Care, Right Here, Right Now!Take comfort in knowing that if a patient does require alternative, specialized treatment, we have an immediate and seamless transfer process with our sister HCA facilities in the Treasure Coast: Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute and St. Lucie Medical Center. 11 Okeechobee News A ugust 19, 2012 Raulerson Primary Care’s Physician, Dr. J ose Villarreal recently provided some helpful tips for parents of children headed back to school this fall. For healthcare questions or a free physician referral, contact Consulta-Nurse at: 863-763-9228.1. What are your top 3 tips for back-to-school health? Parents should ensure that their child, the school and the teacher are all aware of any known allergies the student may suffer from. Similarly follow the school’s procedures for having any of the student’s personal medication registered with the school clinic.  Obtain recommended immunizations y our child is scheduled for according to his/ her age/grade. These little skin pricks work to protect you against several potentially lifethreatening diseases.  Get a good night’s sleep. Children are still growing and require more sleep than adults. Begin to plan afternoon and evening routines now that accommodate school-age children time to wind down and have a bed time that allows for a full night’s sleep.2. What is the best way to keep my child from spreading germs and/or picking up illnesses at school? Students should wash their hands with warm water before eating lunch and after using the restroom. Portable bottles of hand sanitizer are also helpful in preventing the spread of germs. Consider donating a bottle to your child’s classroom. Keeping your distance from those who are sick is an important aspect in preventing illness.  If your child has a cough and cold or fever, consider taking them to the doctor and keeping them home from school. For coughs and sneezes at school, teach children to practice: covering their coughs by coughing into their elbow; and, sneezing away from others, when possible.3. How can I ease my child’s back-to-school jitters?Even students who are not new to the process of starting school each fall can sometimes have feelings of nervousness and anxiety about the new year, particularly if they are attending a school that is new to them. It is helpful to remain positive about school and portray to children that school is a good place and offers them exciting opportunities to learn.4. Should I worry about my child’s backpack weight?Encourage students to utilize their lockers, if available. Talk to your child about planning ahead regarding their locker trips and book storage. When students consider which books he/she will need and at what point in their day and/or evening (homework), it can often help eliminate carrying several text books for extended periods.5. How can I ensure my child gets a healthy school lunch?I believe it is important that parents know what’s being offered on the schools’ menus. Your pediatrician or primary care physician can always be consulted regarding questions and concerns about calories and nutrition.6. Should my child have a back-to-school physical and/or exam?Annual exams to ensure that the children are in good health and developing appropriately are important. Annual exams can also serve as a time to make sure students are physically prepared for any sporting teams they may seek to join. Doctor offers back-to-school health tips Special to the Okeechobee NewsDr. Jose Villarreal, Raulerson Hospital Primary Care’s Physician Blood drives planned in Okeechobee this monthFlorida hospitals depend on blood donors to maintain a safe blood supply for patients. If you are at least 17 years old and in good health, you can help save lives by donating blood. The Big Red Bus bloodmobile will be in Okeechobee on Monday, Aug. 20 at Publix, from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 25, at Walmart, from11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and, Thursday, Aug. 30 at Okeechobee High School from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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Her bond w as set at $5,500.  Dixie Marie Tommie, 23, Knots Landing, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on a Highlands County warrant charging her with the felony of failure to appear battery on a law enforcement of cer. Her bond was set at $3,000.  Francisco Rivero, 49, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Deputy Raul Marrero on an Okeechobee County w arrant charging him with the felony of aggravated assault. His bond was set at $5,000.  Katie Marie Kimbrough, 31, S.E. Eighth Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Of cer Larry Parzygnat on a felony charge of grand theft auto. Her bond was set at $2,500. She was also arrested by Deputy Adrian Rogers on misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and driving while license suspended with knowledge. Her bond on those charges was set at $1,000.  Judy Faye Louise Anderson, 29, S.E. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by Deputy DeMarcus Dixon on an Okeechobee County warrant charging her with the felony of grand theft. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Amanda Danielle Chouinard, 35, N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 16 by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone) and a misdemeanor charge of driving while license suspended with knowledge. Her bond was set at $5,500. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce investigated reports of the following crimes last week. ASSAULT  S.R. 70 E. BURGLARY  3500 block of U.S. 441 S.  700 block of N.E. 29th Ave.  100 block of N.E. 64th Ave.  2400 block of S.E. 27th St.  2200 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  12000 block of S.R. 70 E.  2000 block of N.W. Third St.  500 block of N.W. 27th Lane  8800 block of S.E. 57th Drive  11000 block of N.E. 120th St/  2400 block of N.E. Sixth St. COUNTERFEIT MONEY  12000 block of S.R. 70 E.  4100 block of U.S. 441 S.  2300 block of S.R. 70 W.  4900 block of U.S. 441 S.  100 block of N.W. 23rd Lane THEFT  500 block of N.W. 27th Lane (wallet)  2700 block of U.S. 441 S. (tools)  S.R. 70 E. (license tag)  20000 block of N.W. 290th St.  3700 block of N.E. Fourth Trail (camera)  1900 block of N.W. 36th Terrace  1900 block of N.W. 36th Terrace (cash)  30000 block of N.E. 23rd Way (license tag)  4400 block of S.E. 28th St. (license tag)  1800 block of N.W. Third Lane (debit card)  3000 block of N.W. 10th Terrace (computer)  S.W. 67th Drive (license tag)  2400 block of S.E. 30th (animals) OCSO Investigations B.R.A.T. Club to coordinate Labor Day ParadeB.R.A.T. Club, Inc. a local non-pro t in Okeechobee, will once again sponsor the Labor Day Parade. The 2012 Labor Day Parade will be held on Sept. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will travel the regular parade route starting at Second street on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441) and traveling through downtown. Last year the club picked up the parade and organized over 75 entries. The Labor Day Parade is one of Okeechobee’s largest annual events bringing people young and old to enjoy the show. Businesses, clubs and teams. For more information about the parade or to obtain an application, please call Teresa Chandler at 863-801-4996 or e-mail at tchandler@wm.com.OKMS needs Labor Day Festival vendorsOkeechobee Main Street is proud to announce the 2012 All-American Labor Day Celebration scheduled for Sept. 1, 2 and 3, in the Flagler Parks! Come spend some time with friends, enjoy the “tastes” of the festival and various specialty items for sale. While in town, visit our local shops and see what they now have to offer! OKMS is now taking applications for vendors and non-pro ts interested in setting up a booth. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Birdashaw at 863-357-6246 or visit our website at: www. okeechobeemainstreet.com.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In Loving Memory of Gene O’NeillAugust 20, 1943 to August 21, 2008You Are Greatly Missed! Love, Your Family & Friends (561) 747-1232 Improve your appearance, your confidence, and your self esteem. Enhance your breast, flatten your tummy or shed unwanted fat. Let us help you look and feel your very best!€ Tummy Tuck € Breast Augmentation € Breast Lift/Reduction € Endoscopic Brow Lift € Face Lift € Nasal Surgery € Eyelid Surgery € Liposculpture € Botox and Fillers 15 Okeechobee News A ugust 19, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on two child pornography charges was again arrested and now faces an additional 10 charges. Craig A. Barnes, 51, N.W. 284th St., Okeechobee, was arrested early Friday, Aug. 17, on local warrants charging him with 10 more counts of possession of child pornography. His total bond on the new charges is $100,000. Barnes was initially arrested on July 25 by Detective Marty D. Faulkner, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) after it w as learned he had reportedly sexually molested a teenage girl. He was then charged with one count of sexual battery, one count of computer child pornography and one count of possession or promotion of child pornography. His bond on those charges was set at $120,000. It was unclear as of newspaper deadline where the additional images were found. Detective Faulkner arrested Barnes at his home on the Prairie then executed a search warrant on the home, an outbuilding and the man’s Ford Ranger pickup. The detective said nothing was found in the outbuilding or truck. However, during a search of the man’s doublewide mobile home Detective Faulkner said multiple compact discs (CDs), digital video discs (DVDs) and videos were seized. He also con scated guns, ash drives, computers, external hard drives, a Nikon camera with zoom lens, sex toys and lotions. A desk top and laptop computer were also taken. Immediately after arresting Barnes, the detective said he looked at one CD and found approximately 30 images of child porn. Some of the images, he said, were of adults in various sexual positions with children. “I’m guessing the ages of the children were 7 to 15,” he said. Although most of those images were male on female, some were male on male. “He’s a sick individual,” said the OCSO investigator of Barnes. “He’s been doing this (downloading child pornography off the internet) at least 20 years, based on my investigation.” During that search of the man’s home an AK-47 assault ri e, two .22 caliber ri es, a shotgun and a .357 magnum handgun were con scated. Barnes, a route salesman for Entenmann’s in Fort Pierce, has lived by himself on the Prairie for six years. Detective Faulkner said he arrested Barnes on that Wednesday in Jul y because he knew it was Barnes’ day off from work. OCSO Public Information Of cer Michele Bell, who was with the detective when the search warrant was served, said when the y entered the home they found the laptop computer on the couch. “Apparently, when we went there he was on the laptop,” she said. Mrs. Bell went on to say that Barnes has no prior arrest history. Detective Faulkner said the girl was not physically injured. He explained that she came to the sheriff’s of ce where she reported the crime to OCSO Deputy Howard Pickering. The investigation was then turned over to the detective. Detective Faulkner said as far as he knows that girl is the only victim. Inmate arrested on more child porn charges Craig A. Barnes College-bound students and their parents sometimes face last minute requests to complete or provide additional information for nancial aid applications. The Internal Revenue Service wants to help by minimizing time spent on the completion of the Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, applicants can automatically transfer required tax data from their federal tax returns directly to their FAFSA form. This IRS tool is a free, easy and secure way to access and transfer tax return information onto the FAFSA form. Using the tool saves time, improves accuracy and may reduce the likelihood of the school’s nancial aid of ce requesting that you verify the information. Here are some tips on using the IRS DRT:  Eligibility Criteria To use the IRS DRT to complete their 2012 -2013 FAFSA form, taxpayers must: -have led a federal 2011 tax return, -possess a valid Social Security Number, -have a Federal Student Aid PIN (individuals who don’t have a PIN will be given the option to apply for one through the FAFSA application process), and, -have not changed marital status since Dec. 31, 2011.  Exceptions If any of the following conditions apply to the student or parents, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool cannot be used for the 2012 FAFSA application: -an amended tax return was led for 2011, -no federal tax return was led for 2011, -the federal tax ling status on the 2011 return is married ling separately, or, -a Puerto Rican or other foreign tax return has been led. Applicants who cannot use the IRS DRT to meet college requests for veri cation, may need to obtain an of cial transcript from the IRS. Transcripts are not available until the IRS has processed the related tax return. To order tax return or tax account transcripts, visit IRS.gov and select “Order a Transcript” or call the toll-free Transcript line at 1-800-908-9946. In addition, the IRS offers money-saving information for college students and their parents about tax credits and deductions for qualifying tuition, materials and fees. Automated IRS system helps college students with nancial aid process Putt for a Cure tournament plannedThe Relay for Life Honey Do’er’s Team and Dream Team will host a best ball golf tournament on Oct. 6 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. All proceeds bene t the American Cancer Society. Fee for four-man team: $200; Hole Sponsorship: $100. The team will have 50/50 and raf e tickets. If you have any questions about participants, sponsorship, or donation of a raf e item, please call Lawrence Fipps 863-801-0901 or Missy Fipps at 863-634-8674.


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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICE The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Budget Workshop on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 9:00 am in the “Judge William L. Hendry Courtroom” at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Administrator’s Of ce not later than four (4) working days prior to the proceeding at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room 123 Okeechobee, Florida 34972, or call 863.763.6441. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY). Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida Sharon Robertson, Clerk Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, Florida /s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk 424140 ON 8/19/2012 16 Okeechobee News August 19, 2012


Notice of Hearing Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate The Okeechobee County Special Magistrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium, located at 1728 N.W. 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. For more information, contact Faye Huffman at the Planning and Development Department, 1700 NW 9th Ave., Suite A, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972, (863) 824-3001. All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Code Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the Department. Faye Huffman, Secretary to the Code Enforcement Special Magistrate 424304 ON 7/19/2012 STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a Draft Permit (Permit No. 200917-004-UC) has been prepared for Mr. Eric Summa, United States Corps of Engineers (USCOE), Chief of Planning Division, Environmental Branch, 701 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida 32207. The draft permit is to continue operational testing of the aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) well system. The ASR System is located on the bank of the Kissimmee River near the con uence of the river with Lake Okeechobee just north of the Highway 78 bridge over the Kissimmee, approximately 10 miles south of the S-65E structure, and approximately fteen miles west of Highway 441 in Okeechobee County, Florida. Presently, the USCOE has no plans to resume operational injection at the referenced site. To date, the USCOE nished four injection cycles and collected the data. During this interim period, the USCOE will be reevaluating plans regarding the use of the ASR well system. The attached permit allows scheduled preventative maintenance of the ASR well system. The preventative maintenance allowed under the permit includes maintaining the integrity of the system by performing monthly maintenance measures including operating valves and injecting limited quantities of potable water into Well KR-ASR-1, suf cient to preserve well integrity (prevent internal corrosion of KR-ASR-1’s nal casing). Though this permit does not authorize injection, the ASR facility includes a water treatment plant (WTP) involving primary processes of pressure media ltration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. Additionally, the following ancillary processes include a raw water pump station, lter backwash equalization, solids, well waste ponds, ASR recovery pump, and (discharge at) cascade aeration. For source water, the ASR well system was designed & constructed to use surface water from the Kissimmee River, treat it via a pressure lter and UV light disinfection, and inject it into the receiving zone of the upper Floridan aquifer system (FAS), for storage. Well KR-ASR-1 is constructed with a 24-inch outside diameter (O.D.), steel casing with an open borehole from 562 to 880 feet (ft.) below land surface (bls). The ASR system includes the following ve monitoring wells: SWM-1 (also known as (aka) MW-17); FWM-1 (aka MW-10); FWM-2 Upper (aka OKF-100U); FWM-2 Lower (aka OKF-100L); FWM-3 (aka MW-18); and FWM-4 (MW-19). SWM-1 is a sur cial monitoring well and is designed to monitor sur cial aquifer water quality and detect surface water quality changes. FWM-1 is located approximately 350 ft. to the southeast of KR-ASR-1; FWM-2 U & L are located 1,300 ft. southeast of KR-ASR-1; FWM-3 is located 2,350 ft. south of KR-ASR-1; and FWM-4 is located 4,200 ft. north of KR-ASR-1. The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes and Chapters 62-4, 62-520, 62-528 and 62-550 of the Florida Administrative Code. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures. The Department has determined that a construction and testing permit reissuance is required for the proposed work. All persons interested in the foregoing permitting decision are invited to attend a public meeting to be held on September 26, 2012 at 1:00 P.M., at the SFWMD Okeechobee Field Station, 1000 NE 40th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972, phone (863) 462-5280. Written comments may be sent to the Department of Environmental Protection, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, up until the close of the public meeting. All comments received within the thirty day period will be considered in formulation of the Department’s nal decision regarding permit issuance. The application, draft permit, and fact sheet are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, Southeast District Of ce, 400 North Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. Additional information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting Len Fishkin, P.G., or Joseph R. May, P.G., of this of ce at (561) 681-6711 or (561) 681-6691, respectively. 424276 ON 8/19/2012 PUBLIC NOTICE A wesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of stored items on Aug. 29, 2012. Owner Unit # Burns, Theresa E614 Gardner, Tami D427 Thomas, Denise C254 Harden, Christy E617 424240 ON 8/19,26/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2012-CP-102 IN RE: ESTATE OF DON LAWTON MORGAN, III, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of DON LAWTON MORGAN, III, deceased, whose date of death was A pril 21, 2012; File Number 2012CP-102, is pending in the Circuit Court for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served, must le their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE T IME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER T HE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must le their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of rst publication of this notice is: August 12, 2012. Signed on 7-17-2012 CASAUNDRA DEE MORGAN Personal Representative 5750 Hwy 70 East Okeechobee, FL 34974 Robert D. Hines A ttorney for Personal Representative Email: rhines@hnh-law.com Florida Bar No. 0413550 Hines Norman Hines, P.L. 1312 W. Fletcher Avenue Suite B T ampa, FL 33612 T elephone: 813-265-0100 423883 ON 8/12,19/2012 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012-DR 01.65 Division: DOMESTIC V ICENTA VITE Petitioner and A RNULPO MARTINEX Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PETITION TO DETERMINE PATERNITY AND OTHER RELIEF T O: ARNULFO MARTINEZ 1653 SW 2nd WAY OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 Y OU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for PETITION TO DETERMINE FAT ERNM AND FOR OTHER RELIEE has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on VICENTA VITE Whose address is 3681 NW 8TH AVENUE #8 OKEECHOBEE FL 34974 on or before 30 days of 1st publication, and le the original with the clerk of this Court at Clerk’s address) 312 NW 3RD STREET, OKEECHOBEE FL 34972 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter, If you fall to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded In the petition. Copies of all court documents In this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers In this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s of ce. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and Information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, Including dismissal or striking of pleadings. SHARON ROBERTSON CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /S/ BEATRICE RODRIGUEZ Deputy Clerk 424323 ON 8/19,26;9/2,9/2012 17 Okeechobee News A ugust 19, 2012 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice ACROSS 1 King, queen or jack 5 URL starter 9 Van Gogh setting 14 Alan of M*A*S*HŽ 15 Davenports state 16 Draculas title 17 *Barry LyndonŽ star 19 Singer Lauper 20 Against 21 Used to reach a high shelf 23 Sodom escapee 26 Armored vehicle 28 Being off target 29 Genesis mountain 31 Brandys music genre, briefly 33 Under-the-chin helmet securer 34 Saintly circle 35 Types 39 Suffix with tele40 Caesar, e.g. (or each of the answers to the starred clues?) 41 It may be reserved 42 Heavy drinkers 43 Functions 44 Second longest African river 45 Deed holder 47 Sea between Greece and Italy 48 Start of Juliets balcony plea 51 Male heirs 53 Opposite of SSW 54 Virgin Mary 56 Poet Silverstein 58 Like the Leaning Tower 59 *Lead singer of The Cars 64 Mazda rival 65 Apple computer since 1998 66 Fairy tale beginning 67 Dread 68 Turkey meat choice 69 Fake coin DOWN 1 Elevator compartment 2 One of the Khans 3 Nutritional no. 4 The X-FilesŽ agent Scully 5 Suggest 6 Wheel alignment service 7 First coml. airline to show in-flight movies 8 Friends 9 Harmony 10 *Oh, Pretty WomanŽ singer 11 Day before mardi 12 __ a happy note 13 Attack, bee-style 18 Ready to serve, as beer 22 Mortise insert 23 Doesnt fade 24 Big name in garden care 25 Mediums card 27 Adversaries in a Hoffman/Streep film 30 *Henry Ford contemporary 32 Woe is me!Ž 34 Siphoning aid 36 Russian Revolution leader 37 Elena of the Supreme Court 38 Weapon for David 40 Sentence that should be two sentences 44 Trig function 46 Charged angrily 47 Like pawned items 48 Nebraska city 49 Boca __ 50 Taking too much 52 Sesame Street grouch 55 Parched 57 Thailand neighbor 60 Britney Spearss __ Slave 4 UŽ 61 NBC weekend revue62 Old French coin 63 Oktoberfest need By David Levinson Wilk (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 03/21/11 03/21/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle READING A NEWSPAPER HELPS YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORLD AROUND YOU. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself!


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Former Okeechobee High School baseball pitching coach and current pitching coach for Indian River State College Mark Ward has spearheaded an effort to establish a non pro t group that will bene t travel ball for all youth sports in Okeechobee County. He explains that the trend in local sports is for kids to specialize in one sport and play all y ear round in an effort to better their chances to earn college sports scholarships and improve their skills. The Chobee Athletic Academy will involve all OHS coaches in teams sports like baseball coach Jeff Blackstone, softball coach Heather Gillis, football Coach Chris Branham, soccer Coach Lonnie Sears, basketball coaches Shawn Hays and Erin Morrow and volleyball coach Todd Jones. Ward said the new program will allow these high school coaches to assist students throughout the year, keep the kids together and give them additional choices for recreation. "I feel this will broaden their scope of opportunity and give them a chance to better their skills. I think it bene ts the entire community," he added. Ward invites anyone interested in serving on the group's board of directors to send him a resume with letters of reference to chobeeathleticacademy@gmail.com. He wants to attract athletic-minded citizens and business owners to serve on the board. The group would hold one golf tournament and one barbecue dinner per year as fundraisers. It would involve all age groups from 8 and under up to 18 years old.He has also hired the legal rm Spiegel and Utrera P.A. of Miami to develop the non-pro t status. He said that would encourage businesses to donate to the group in part because the donations are tax deductible. Scholarships will be offered to children in tight nancial situations so they would still be able to play the sport they choose. Softball will be the rst sport and will begin play this fall. Anyone interested can contact Mr. Ward at 863-634-1722. Coaches involved in this endeavor are Russ Brown, Duke Clements, Lauren Throop, Pam and Brett Matthews, and David Wilson. The group also would like to hold tournaments in Okeechobee that would help the local economy. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Over 100 Listings BUCKHEAD BEAUTY REMODEL! Beautiful 2 Bd/2 Ba CBS, homes only area. 1376 SF under air-2172 TLA. Metal roof, tile and hardwood floors, updated bathrooms and kitchen. Formal dining and living rooms, family room. Breezy screen porch overlooks wide canal. Tiki hut right on the water made for entertaining! Seawall, 2 boat covered boat slip, dock, fish cleaning station, and storage shed. Lovely all the way around! $150,000 Call Holly (863) 532-1778 BILL F. STEGKEMPER, BILL F. STEGKEMPER,REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISER REALTOR, CRS, GRI, APPRAISERBK129997 BK129997 BUYERS ONLY REALTY CO.P.O. Box 1074, Okeechobee, FL34973 517 S.W. 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Great location for east coast commuters. $115,000 MLS #205917 NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS FORECLOSURE FORECLOSURE 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 2739 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$7,250,000 18 Okeechobee News August 19, 2012 OCRA signups to end!Saturday, Aug. 25 will be the last day to sign your child up for football, cheerleading and our newly-formed Girls Flag Football, ages 7-15. Signups will be held at the score tower at the Sports Complex from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 863-6340515 or check our website at www.ocrasports.com or you can like us on Facebook at OCRA Sports.Bowlers needed for fall leaguesDo you want to bowl on a league this fall? Come and join a team at Lucky Lanes Bowling. Mondays and Tuesdays are Mix Nights w ith a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Wednesday is Men's Night, Thursday mornings and evening belongs to the ladies. For more information, please call Lucky Lanes at 863-763-1800.Youth soccer signups to openSign-ups for the Youth Soccer League will be through Aug. 31 for youth ages 5-14. Registration is $35 per child and is conducted at the Parks & Recreation Department, in the Sports Complex, Monday-Friday between 8:30-5 p.m. A birth certi cate is required at registration. The age determination date is Dec. 31, 2012. League play will begin Saturday, Sept. 29, and end before Christmas. For more information, call 863-763-6950.Coaches, sponsors and of cials neededThe Okeechobee Parks & Recreation Department is seeking coaches, sponsors and of cials for the Youth Soccer League beginning in September. Sign-ups for youth ages 5-14 are underway. Anyone interested in getting involved with the program is asked to call the of ce at 863-763-6950. The of ce is also accepting extra cleats or shin guards that are in good condition to give to those without equipment. Please recycle any unused items by taking it to the Recreation Department in the Sports Complex, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sports news in brief Non-pro t organization to assist travel sports teams Gold Tee WinnersOkeechobee Golf and Country Club Gold Tee golf scores for Aug. 10 are: in rst place Dan Birdashaw; in second place, Wally Hall; third place, Ray Warren; in fourth place, Harry White; in fth place a tie Rocky Carbia and Howard Shelkie. O.G. & C.C. Golf Results


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Coach Todd Jones has nurtured the senior group for many years with Big Lake Juniors volleyball and the high school program and knows how talented this group is. For the past two years the squad has adv anced to post season play and hosted rst round matches in Okeechobee. They fell last y ear to Venice, and the year before that lost to Titusville in a marathon ve-game match. The seniors involved in those matches know that they have un nished business and want to advance to the next level this y ear. Darby Jones is a four-year player on the v arsity and she expects the team to progress this year due to their experience. "We've played together for many years and ever since I was little this was our little dream team with all us together. I look forw ard to the season and I think we have it in us to progress further into the post season," she explained. Kyla Hargraves said the girls are talented and experienced and play well together. She said the girls know what to expect in every match and nothing really catches them by surprise. "We don't want to settle for second place. We want this to be our year and to win a district championship. For the seniors this is our last chance," she added. Krista Ward is another four-year varsity player. She is a defensive specialist. She said the practices are very intense because all of the girls have talent and want to play. She also is impressed with some of the younger girls like Baylee Farless and Cheyenne Nunez who earned spots on the varsity squad. "The young girls have really proved themselves in tryouts and practice. They really surprised me. I heard some really good things about them. I see us having a really good season," she added. Ward said the thing that separates this team from others is the team unity and friendships. She also thinks the senior girls are very good leaders who set a good example. Her younger sister Lexi will also serve as the backup setter on the varsity squad this year. Maci Thomas is another strong veteran. She plays volleyball for most of the year with the high school team and Big Lake Juniors. She keeps motivated to play by her passion and her love of the game. "I'm really proud about being a part of the success of our program. Volleyball has become really popular and a lot of girls enjoy the sport in Okeechobee," she added. Close to 40 girls tried out for the varsity and junior varsity teams this year. Twelve girls were selected for varsity and 16 for the junior varsity. There was a lot of talent on display at tryouts and the decisions about who to cut were very dif cult. Thomas said her goal is to not lose in the rst round of the regional. She said the team lost a little height at the net but still has an opportunity to win districts this year. Sarah Davis said she is sentimental about her senior year. She has played for seven years with most of her senior teammates. Her plans are to attend Texas A&M and seek a career in Agriculture and Animal Science and perhaps become a veterinarian. She has been the team leader in assists and the starter at setter. This year she hopes to groom Lexi Ward so she can play other positions on the court and use her height, jumping ability and athleticism. "I think we'll be able to overcome our loss of height with our defense and passing skills. Okeechobee is always the underdog no matter what so we just have to stick together, not have any drama and play like we know how to play," she added. OHS volleyball team looks forward to strong season Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySarah Davis plans to lead Okeechobee to another great year in volleyball. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyDarby Jones watches a teammate during a drill at OHS volleyball practice this week.


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